It’s all been leading to April 27!

There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.

We’re nearing the April 27 release of “Avengers: Infinity War”! Last week, Marvel Studios revealed five character posters. Now, they’re back with 22 mighty posters spotlighting each of our impressive super heroes ready to take a stand against the threat that is Thanos!

Leading the gallery above is the first Avenger (and birthday boy) himself, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man! See the rest of the Avengers and their super allies — Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket and Groot, Paul Bettany as Vision, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Dave Bautista as Drax, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Olsen and Bettany detail the difference between a Russos and a Whedon 'Avengers' film.

The Avengers are assembling to take on their biggest threat yet and Thanos looms large in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” Earth’s mightiest heroes will need the entire team to take down the Mad Titan, including some of Scarlet Witch’s mutant magic.

From the set of “Infinity War,” Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany (Vision) spoke about the large cast of characters, offered up their thoughts on the Mad Titan Thanos, as well as gave some interesting insight to Scarlet Witch and Vision’s complicated relationship.

Thanos is a Dark Lord that reigns unparalleled according to his underlings, but he remains a perplexing, foreboding villain that needs to be taken down by the team, “We haven’t really gotten to that bit in the exploration, but he’s not a good guy. We don’t necessarily want to be his friend. You don’t want to be his friend. Yes, he sets his goals very high,” quipped Olsen. Bettany agreed, “You don’t want to be his friend, no, but you can admire…he has an ambitious goal.”

Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos is a bad guy through and through—yet still a character that Olsen is still unsure about, “[Josh] Brolin is doing a really cool job creating an interesting villain ‘cause he doesn’t really come across…he seems he’s defending it quite well.”

Having started her journey as Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Olsen described how “Infinity War” is different from the previous film, “The main difference is that the Russos delegate and they trust everything that they’ve delegated things to. Not saying Joss didn’t, but that’s a lot of pressure to be a director and then go home to also do rewrites for the next week. It’s just as it gets bigger, things become more specific to different departments and I think it allows maybe even a freedom within the dialogue sometimes…because there’s a space some of us have the ability to step out and not be on the page.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo allowed the actors to speak freely about the portrayal of their characters. “At the beginning of filming, [the Russos] are like, ‘You’re in control of your character. If there are things you think we missed, please participate, please say,’” recalled Olsen.

The collaborative atmosphere was refreshing for Bettany, “They really want you to be a collaborator and it’s great. There’s a huge upside for that. For [the Russos], when you’re dealing with so many characters and actors to have two of them, and it’s brilliant because you can play one off against the other.”

The openness in creativity helped Bettany have a better understanding of his character, “The success of the Marvel films comes from the fact that they’re made by fans. They really love those characters. When I first came out dressed as Vision, Kevin Feige nearly cried. I didn’t grow up reading comics but they make you fall in love with your character. They really do. Their love for these stories is really infectious and you become really invested, and there’s a lot of invested people beyond the financials of it all.” Bettany emphasized the positivity that came with the love of the comics, “They really want to do a good job, and I think fans really trust that if they bend things that they’re in safe hands — that the story is in safe hands because I guarantee you it’s made by geeks. This movie is made by geeks. They love them, they feel it when they’re talking about it.”

“Captain America: Civil War” changed everything and “Infinity War” is putting the pieces back together both in the physical team and in the emotional state of the heroes. Olsen believes Vision and Scarlet Witch have a grounded relationship that helps to spur on their fight, “I think in a different way not so much about the last movie and their own sagas, but this is definitely the most emotional arc I’ve done in an Avenger film, that’s for sure.”

“The cost and the danger that we’re all facing becomes more important than certain beef that people had in the past because it’s so desperate,” explained Bettany. “The point of the Avengers, and by extension mankind, it’s fraught with danger. Old grudges are buried and put off until next time.”

Vision is constantly trying to understand the human mind and Scarlet Witch is there to show him the way. Olsen describes how the couple’s dynamic makes scenes more fun, “You have something really specific to work with all the time. And that feels nice. There’s like an anchor point to everything, which is what you’re constantly looking for when you’re doing these movies. What anchors you to a grounded reality? And you have that throughout the whole film. You have your partner, your life partner with you by your side, and that creates a different kind of stakes, as well.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Get a glimpse on the storytelling elements from balancing tones to collaborations and more.

How do you approach the behemoth that is Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” — a film with ten years of baggage with different storylines, different visions, different tones, to honor? How does a storyteller divide screen time among  40+ major players who are at different stages of their journeys and continue to engage and surprise viewers? The challenge and weight of what this film means to many is not lost on “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.

As we continue unveiling everything we learned during last summer’s set visit, we couldn’t think of two better people to get a look at the magnitude of the biggest cinematic production ever assembled than those who are helming the film — the Russo Brothers. Not only were the Russos tackling “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film simultaneously, they had to contend with the finishing of James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and Taika Watiti’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” with the concurrent production of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” start of Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and planning for “Captain Marvel.”

The Russos entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as storytellers with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” joined by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The team went on to tackle higher stakes with “Captain America: Civil War.” Not to be outdone, they’re now tackling 20-some heroes, multiple locations, six Infinity Stones, and the baddest/most powerful villain our heroes have ever encountered—Thanos, with the next “Avengers” installment. The Brothers shared insight on their approach to the characters, the complications of putting together a project of this scale, and dropped some insights during our intimate set visit.

[Note: This interview has been edited for clarity.]

How “Avengers: Infinity War” Kicks Off

“Avengers: Infinity War” is two years following “Captain America: Civil War.” According to Anthony, “Infinity War” is a “direct corollary to the end of ‘Civil War,’ and our heroes will be heading into this film “with the ramifications of that film at the forefront of this film.”

Continuing, “[‘Infinity War’] is very much about how we move forward from ‘Civil War’ in a big way, and what happens to that division between the Avengers and how does that affect them. What does that mean when the greatest threat they’ll ever face comes to them.”

Despite the two years following “Civil War,” the Russo Brothers have a storytelling philosophy where make sure to “keep any big moments of the characters’ lives on camera.”

We know Cap’s team of Avengers find their way to Wakanda seeking aid from King T’Challa. Joe explained the fortified country is the most “logical place for anyone seeking refuge.”

Meanwhile, Tony Stark has to deal with the consequences of his choice to side with the Sokovia Accords. Our directors haven’t forgotten young Peter Parker. “They basically have a unique mentor/mentee relationship that continues to evolve as they move into this film,” shared Anthony.

With the Guardians, the directors acknowledged the film picks up 5-6 years following “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The Guardians have had a chance to deepen their relationships with each other where the Avengers haven’t had that chance.

“They’re closer, and they’re tighter, and they’ve been doing it for a while,” said Anthony. “They’ve cemented their chemistry as a team. And they would stand in contrast with the other teams. Potentially.”

They’re thrilled at the chance to take on Thor and lean into his profound experience during “Thor: Ragnarok.” As for Hawkeye, the Russos confirmed he’s on his own journey in this film.

The Directors’ Approach to the Tone and Characters, and their Collaboration with Past Filmmakers

“It’s been a personal journey for us as filmmakers from ‘Winter Soldier,’ of a theme set in that movie that we then tried to expand upon in ‘Civil War,’ that then led to Infinity War,” shared Joe Russo. “It’s how we feel about the characters, as comic book fans, the story that we want to see.”

“It’s not only a culmination of the last ten years of Marvel storytelling, but for us, it’s a culmination of our journey as directors to the Marvel Universe,” added Joe. “Having at our disposal all of those characters and allowing ourselves to re-filter them through the way that we see the universe, the way that we feel about the characters, the themes that we really want to bring to the forefront, that’s what these two movies are for us.”

“Everything’s always got to be character based,” proclaimed Anthony. “If we’re sitting in the editing room, watch the sequences for more than 20 seconds without a character having a point of view or moving the action forward, my brain just shuts down. The action for us, it’s always character based.”

In addition to screenwriters Markus and McFeely, the Russos credited the team there were able to work with the past films, including effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, editor Jeff Ford, DP Trent Opaloch, and stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, to achieving the complex and ambitious nature of “Infinity War.”

It was important for the Russos to honor the journeys and approach the other MCU filmmakers took their characters on, but also make it work with the film they were creating. As Joe explained, the “Russo Brothers-execution” was filtering what others have done “through our very personal expression of them as characters.” Anthony acknowledged, “Everyone is interwoven in this plot in a way where they have an emotional connection to the story…. You can’t tell a movie with this many characters and not have each of those characters show up and honor them from the different franchises if they are not motivated to be there. If there are not in life or death circumstances. If they are not fighting to save their belief system or way of life.”

The Russos equated the MCU process as similar to how comic book stories evolve and involve several comic creators. “[We] found repeatedly that the best and only way for us to move forward is to receive that information, and keep what we like, and explore what we like, and exploit what we like, and tell the story that we want to tell. The same way you do in a comic run when you’re reading it, you go, ‘I want to see someone else’s point-of-view on that.’ That’s what Marvel’s done really well, bringing in a lot of different voices to execute the films.”

It’s safe to say everyone in the Marvel Universe had been involved. During the preparation and production of the third and fourth “Avengers” films, the Russos had the opportunity to collaborate closely with James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Scott Derrickson, Peyton Reed, Ryan Coogler, and producer Nate Moore. With the Marvel Universe progressing in different courses simultaneously and at the time, not yet completed, the Russos adopted a “real collaborative united artists approach” to ensure they were sensitive to the other stories and sharing those elements.

The Sources and Influences

Mark Ruffalo previously alluded to how THE INFINITY GAUNTLET informed the film, but there are clear deviations. Joe further elaborated on the comics source: “Certainly the Starlin book was our jumping off point. It’s a brilliant comic, and the ideas behind it are so large, it’s what pushed us to go for the scale that we’re going for on these movies.”

Joe continuing, “Anth and I love the post-modern comics. We’re also drawing from newer INFINITY stuff, and we’re kind of combining it all into…how do we see elements from each helping the story that we want to tell.”

In addition, the Russos were inspired by ensemble 90s crime films, and the two films that they look to for inspiration in relation to narrative imagery were “Two Days in the Valley” and “Out of Sight.”

“These movies are so complex you need a unifying peace, or a sense of cohesion, and that cohesion can come from a narrative construct that you can apply all the characters to,” explained Joe Russo.

Thanos (Josh Brolin)

Thanos

True Believers, you’ve never seen a more formidable antagonist in the MCU like the Mad Titan, and he’s on a destructive mission to collect all the Infinity Stones no matter the stakes.

“This movie is catalyzed by Thanos’ decision and an opportunity for him to make a very aggressive move for the stones, a more effective move for the stones than he has ever in the past,” revealed Anthony. “When Thanos decides to do it, he really goes for it. He’s one step ahead of our heroes through the movie and he puts them through a lot of pain in the process.”

“Our job with Thanos is to make him the preeminent villain in the Marvel Universe,” added Joe. “In order to be a preeminent villain, you have to do some pretty bad things.”

The Russos stressed that the Infinity Stones are the “bedrock of the film” — “the key driver.”

Prepare Your Hearts

On the subject of Thanos, several of our heroes wield/guard the Infinity Stones putting them in directly in the path of Thanos, elevating the emotional weight. When asked about the invincibility of our heroes, Joe quickly teased, “I’m sorry.”

Acknowledging that every character is someone’s favorite character, Anthony explained, “We like mature storytelling. We like dramatic storytelling. We like intense storytelling. We appreciate conflict, and we appreciate stakes. And without stakes, there really isn’t a lot of value to the story. If you look at the Marvel Universe as a whole, as a story that’s been told for 10 years, you can look at [‘Infinity War’] as the climax. The stakes will be higher in this movie than they’ve ever been, times ten.”

Once the dust settles, we can expect the Avengers to see major casualties as they protect the universe and all of existence from Thanos.

Topping the “Civil War” Airport Fight Scene

“We have an equivalent that’s like if you had a comic book, and you open it up to your double panel, and then you fold it out. And then you fold it out again and again,” said Joe Russo.

Anthony Russo adding, “And you have another comic book laid out next to it.” “So we have the equivalent of that in this movie,” continued Joe Russo.

Hinting at the Untitled Fourth “Avengers” Film

The Brothers on the new challenge of shooting two MCU films at the same time: “Our approach has always been how we look at the project. It’s simply the same thing in the way that the ‘Winter Soldier’ related to ‘Civil War,’ and the way that ‘Civil War’ relates to ‘Infinity War.’ These two movies will also relate…but at the same time, there’s an independence in terms of what the experience is or where the story goes. It isn’t a true two-parter…. It ended up being more of two singular expressions.”

“We always try to make each film different so they don’t get repetitive,” said Joe. “This kind of serialized storytelling…. You have to keep evolving who’s at the forefront, how you’re laying the story out because rigor mortis will set in very quickly. Each character…can shape and color and re-tone an entire film depending on who you’re following. We find them as exciting as complex and inspiring and heartbreaking, and we believe that there are real emotional stakes. This is exactly the kind of movies we aspire to and exactly the kind of movies we look for as film goers in a theater.”

It’s safe to say that we’ve never seen anything like “Avengers: Infinity War.” Closing out the visit, Joe remarked, “If you were to think of the Marvel Universe over the last ten years of the book, this is the ending of the book. There may be new books written, but this is certainly the ending of this book.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Here's everything we saw and learned on the set of 'Avengers: Infinity War'!

True Believers, we’re inching closer to culmination of the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” in theaters April 27!

Last summer, Marvel.com had the opportunity to visit the “Avengers: Infinity War” set and now we’re allowed to share with you all the things we learned about the final chapter phase of the MCU. [Warning: If you want to head into the film knowing nothing, do not proceed ahead!]

With that warning in mind, let’s begin and peep some new photos while you’re at it:

[Updated Thursday, March 15]

[1] Source Material. “Avengers: Infinity War” will deviate from the source material. So don’t go in expecting THE INFINITY GAUNTLET, the 1992 six-issue run.

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk/Bruce Banner, revealed during the visit, “It’s so different from the comic books. There’s elements that are clearly the same, but when you really start to get into the story, everything changes.”

He goes on to add, “[Infinity Gauntlet] is informative…but then again it just gets so off of the topic that it starts to become a little confusing.”

[2] Witness the King. Hot on the heels of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” our set visit was able to witness a scene unfold as our Avengers — a fully bearded Captain America, a platinum blonde Black Widow, a visibly-wounded Vision holding on to Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine wearing STARK leg braces, and Bruce Banner — make their way off the Quinjet in the country of Wakanda. Our current roster of Avengers are greeted by King T’Challa, the Dora Milaje, and Bucky.

Some of our heroes have not seen each other in a very long time following the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War.” Steve and Bucky embrace while Sam approaches with a quip, “Are you gonna snap and kill someone if they say bologna sandwich?”

T’Challa asks, “How big of an assault should we expect?”

“A pretty big one, sir,” Cap replies.

As seen at the end of “Black Panther,” T’Challa has brought Wakanda out of the shadows. Is the nation ready for Thanos to bring the fight to them? That’s left to be seen.

[3] Avengers (Re)Assemble. As highlighted in the scene above, some of our heroes will be meeting each other for the first time, while others haven’t seen each other since the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Captain America: Civil War.”

For instance, our Avengers are meeting the healed Bucky, now known to his Wakandan allies as “White Wolf.” Banner has been missing in action on his cosmic adventure, and may know how big a threat Thanos really is.

Get prepared for tons of amazing pairings!

[4] Children of Thanos. The Mad Titan himself will not be operating alone. As we’ve seen in the trailers, Thanos likes to get his hands dirty but he also has those to do his bidding. Enter the Children of Thanos. While on set, we were shown maquettes of Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian, and Corvus Glaive. Get a glimpse of the Children of Thanos maquettes during our D23 2017 coverage here.

Maquettes of Smart Hulk, who we caught a glimpse of in “Thor: Ragnarok” and angsty Tween Groot, as seen in the end credits of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” made an appearance.

[5] Costume Upgrades. You can bet our heroes are going to look their baddest and sharpest versions as they take on the Mad Titan. We’ve already seen Bucky and Cap get some upgrades thanks to Wakanda’s source of Vibranium. Spidey has a pretty sweet revamp courtesy of Tony, while Rhodey has STARK leg braces to help him navigate the injuries he endured during “Captain America: Civil War.” We can expect these aren’t the only heroes who will leveling up their armor.

That’s all we can share for now, but keep it on Marvel.com as we start rolling out interviews with the directors, screenwwriters and stars over the next few weeks!

[6] IMAX. The Russo Brothers revealed the entire film was shot by IMAX Arri 65 cameras. With unbelievably larger-than-life characters, the IMAX cameras helped the directors frame the shots and capture the intricate beauty of the exotic landscapes. Not only that, the evolving visual effects technology will push what Josh Brolin can do as a performer.

Related:

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Brings the Heroes To Wakanda – Chadwick Boseman shares his thoughts on opening Wakanda to the world!

Hulk Is Back From ‘Ragnarok’ And Ready For Battle In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Mark Ruffalo talks Hulk’s place on the team and the evolution of speaking in full sentences!

The Russo Brothers Give Us An Insider Look on How They Tackled ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Get a glimpse on the storytelling elements from balancing tones to collaborations and more.

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans Are Ready For Fans To See The Avengers Assemble in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – See Black Widow and Captain America gather the team against Thanos on April 27!

Danai Gurira On the Strong Female Presence In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje, isn’t ready to assemble

Thanos Isn’t Wrong in Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Marvel screenwriters on creating the Mad Titan’s emotional story in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Don Cheadle says ‘Infinity War’ Is Serious Business – War Machine reveals how the stakes have been raised, his road to recovery and suiting up

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany Believe Scarlet Witch and Vision’s Relationship Is An Asset To Help Spur On The Fight In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Olsen and Bettany detail the difference between a Russos and a Whedon ‘Avengers’ film

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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In theaters May 4.

There was an idea…

The first official trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” has finally arrived. We began our Marvel Cinematic Universe journey together back in 2008. All roads lead to Thanos next year. Get your first official look at “Avengers: Infinity War” right here on Marvel.com above.

Following the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers as we know it no longer exists. Lines were drawn; sides were chosen. The Avengers is nothing more than a team name without any team members. Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put aside their differences and unite once more? Do they even stand a chance against the Mad Titan who delights in their failure and desperation? Can they stop his thirst for power and chaos as he begins to collect the Infinity Stones?

The trailer packs as many super heroes as it can in a mere 2 minutes and 30 seconds: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and so much more.

“You can fight it. You can run from it. But destiny still arrives.” We know the trailer brought a smile to your face as much as pain and suffering put one on Thanos’ face. Now excuse us while we watch the trailer a thousand more times!

See the culmination of the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on May 4, 2018. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers and the rest of the MCU as it develops!

 

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Writer Tom King takes us inside the process for his critically acclaimed work!

Sometime when something works so well, you want to take it apart to see what makes it tick.

That’s the idea in the VISION: DIRECTOR’S CUT, an unparalleled look underneath the hood of one of comicdom’s most well-oiled machines, the highly appraised VISION series by writer Tom King and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Kicking off June 14, each installment features two issues of the original book, accompanied by, well, everything: script excerpts, designs and sketches, even King’s initial story pitch.

It’s total immersion in a unique vision for a series. We spoke to King to get more.

Marvel.com: Tom, what was your first encounter with the character of The Vision

Tom King: My first comic, the first one that got me to buy the next one and the next and the next, was AVENGERS #300. In the back of the issue there was a chart showing every Avenger and listing his or her first appearance on the team. I poured over that chart like it was the Zapruder film. I memorized every face, every hint of a cape. I remember seeing Vision there, wondering who this was, why he joined so early, why his collar was so pointy. To me, he was a mystery before he was a character.

Marvel.com: Do you have a particular favorite Vision story of the past?

Tom King: Actual story, I’d say his first appearance [in AVENGERS #57]. The tool of the enemy becoming a man of justice, ending with a tear in a robot’s eye—that’s hard to beat. But my actual favorite Vision moment is from AVENGERS FOREVER, when they try to explain his relationship to the original Human Torch, how they’re made of the same body and they’re also not made of the same body. It is so insanely baroque, the ungainly twists in continuity and time all bent into a straight line of narrative, that it kind of becomes one of the most poetic moments ever written. You can see the noble struggle of a dozen authors shouting to tell a hundred stories all of which need to become a single, magnificent epic. It’s the essence of comics in a few panels.

Marvel.com: What’s your earliest memory of your VISION project? Who first brought it up and what were your initial thoughts about doing it?

Tom King: Genius editor Wil Moss reached out to me and said he had something I’d be great for. Being a former spy who was at that time working in another universe on a sidekick who’d become a spy, I knew he was talking about The Winter Soldier. And I got together like seven espionage Winter Soldier pitches. And then he said, “Vision.”

I was a Marvel Zombie growing up and desperately wanted to work in the Marvel Universe. So I, of course, said, “Vision! Just what I thought you’d say! I have like seven pitches ready for that!” And I reached for my find/replace function while I, rather tentatively, asked what he might want from a Vision comic, and he said, “Sci-Fi.” So I threw away the espionage soldier pitches and planned a whole space epic thing. And as I wrote that, I got another e-mail from Wil: “Sci-Fi, but not in space.” So I threw away the space pitch.

This left me with “what’s sci-fi but not space?” And I thought, “Maybe like Frankenstein?” and Frankenstein had a wife, so maybe Vision has a wife. But then that actually is Frankenstein, and I don’t want to get sued, so I said maybe he has a wife and a family—I have a wife and family, I know about these things!—and maybe Vision created this whole family to be happy, to be human. And that seemed kind of messed up. So when it gets to the “kind of messed up” phase, you know you’re onto something.

Vision: Director’s Cut #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo

Marvel.com: Okay, so what was your “Hollywood pitch” on it? Did it change much before you began actual work on the book?

Tom King: So, before sending the above in to Marvel, I sent the “Vision makes a family” Hollywood pitch thing to a friend of mine, Darrell Taylor. And he said that sounds kind of lame, like “Small Wonder” from the 80s. And that was true, so I quickly added, “Uh, and the attempt to have a family drives him to evil and he fights all the Avengers, so, uh, it’s actually ‘Breaking Bad Vision’!”

And that became the Hollywood pitch, “Breaking Bad Vision,” which we stuck to pretty well I think.

Marvel.com: Agreed. What do you feel was your greatest challenge on the book as a writer, and how did you conquer it?

Tom King: Once we had the “Breaking Bad Vision” pitch I couldn’t say that was the pitch or else that would spoil the whole “Breaking Bad” part, which I wanted to be a shock. So people looking at the first images of the book and reading the first solicitations were just seeing the “Vision creates a family,” thing and they, like my buddy, thought that was a little lame. The whole thing sounded like it might be a stupid comedy of stupid manners, robots doing silly human things; basically Urklebot for the Marvel Universe.

So the first and biggest challenge was—and is—showing the high stakes of this series, showing that something horrible was happening here, something haunting. This is where the narrative voice came from, the voice of someone who knew what was coming—who knew about the “Breaking Bad” pitch—and was telling the audience what you’re seeing here is not Urklebot, but is the start of something horrible, something haunting.

Marvel.com: With this Director’s Cut, what’s one thing you hope everyone will take away from it? What will be highlighted that you’re glad is in it?

Tom King: I, very nicely—or kindly—get a lot of credit for [VISION], and, to be perfectly honest, a lot of that credit belongs to others. It belongs to Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire and [letterer] Clayton [Cowles] and [cover artist] Michael [Del Mundo] and [guest artist] the other Michael [Walsh]. I hope in reading my scripts and seeing what this team did with those scripts, people will see that VISION is a book of collaboration and any success the book has is the team’s success, not mine.

Marvel.com: You brought him up, so let’s ask: How do you quantify your time and relationship with Gabriel on the book?

Tom King: Working with Gabriel was a gift. I don’t know what I did to deserve it, but I’ll always try to do it again. With Gabriel I could see what he’d do with a page, exactly see it in my head, so that when I was writing VISION, all I had to do was describe that page in a document. And a month later that page, the very page I had pictured arrived into the world. It’s magic and it made telling this story so easy. All the emotion, all the tension was in the lines, not the words. All I had to do was get out of the way.

Experience a groundbreaking story like never before in VISION: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1, available June 14 from Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and company!

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Bring the Marvel synthezoid into your home!

When Ultron created Vision to destroy Hank Pym, he had no idea that Vision would one day become an Avenger. He also had no idea that Vision would be depicted in such a delightful way! Adorably stoic and continuing on his quest to understand humans, Vision is realized in 3D from his 2D alternative cover counterpart.

The Animated Vision Statue was digitally sculpted and then 3D printed on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.

Pre-order your own Vision statue here!

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See what critics are saying about 'Captain America: Civil War' and see the film in theaters Friday!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters Friday and critics love the impressive action and intense emotional conflicts between beloved characters! See what critics have to say about the film below and buy tickets now to see the film in theaters Friday.

“Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Learn more below!

Buy tickets now to see “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters Friday! Follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter and like “Captain America: Civil War” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

“’Captain America: Civil War’ marks a watershed moment in the vaunted annals of comic book cinema: Finally, a big budget super hero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things.”

The Daily Beast

 

Governments demand accountability from the Avengers in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War,' in theaters May 6!

Governments demand accountability from the Avengers in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!

“’Captain America: Civil War’ is a tight action thriller that works on its own, but when taken as the latest chapter in an unprecedented experiment in longform storytelling, it’s a brilliant chapter, one that makes everything that went before seem better if only because it was all leading to this pinnacle.”

Birth.Movies.Death.

 

“’Civil War’ is effective thanks to a focus on character, with the film’s extended roster serving to explore and underline absorbing ideas about family, friendship, and the use of power. As big as this movie is, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ thrives on a smaller, human scale. Striking and consistently engaging, the Russos deftly craft compelling blockbuster entertainment out of a moral and emotional conflict, and that’s more impressive than any overblown display of loud and vulgar power.”

The Playlist

 

“’Captain America: Civil War’ is an example of how these films are more than just simple good guy/bad guy power fantasies, but only if you treat the characters and the audience with equal respect.”

HitFix

“Previous movies have had issues balancing the youthful banter and scientific confidence of the comic book Wall-Crawler, but [Tom] Holland nails the role in every aspect.”

USA Today


“…’Civil War’ generously gives everyone in the cast just the right amount to do, whether it’s showcasing their gee-whiz smashy-smashy gifts during one bravura battle royal set at the Leipzig airport, or allowing them to have a slower beat of character development that one assumes is the main reason for serious actors to sign on to these CGI behemoths…”

Entertainment Weekly

“’Captain America: Civil War’ feels like a pinnacle for Marvel…This is the best Marvel movie so far. This is not hyperbole… This is as close as things come to ‘super hero movie perfection.’”

Uproxx

 

“…proves as remarkable for its dramatic coherence and thematic unity as for its dizzyingly inventive action sequences; viewers who have grown weary of seeing cities blow up ad nauseam will scarcely believe their luck at the relative restraint and ingenuity on display.”

Variety

“[Robert] Downey [Jr.], whose ace timing and effortless snark make him the movie’s chief comic relief, also provides pivotal emotional chords.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“[Chris] Evans, meanwhile, further hones a role he’s effortlessly owned for five movies now, pushing Steve to impressive new depths and reminding us that his straight arrow still has a dangerous edge.”

Empire

T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) stands tall in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War,' in theaters May 6!

T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) stands tall in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!

“At the center of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is a fight scene so thrilling that it must be seen to be believed. We like to think that we have already perfected the super hero genre, or at least that we’ve got it down to a theoretical science, but we sometimes forget that there a lot of things that comic books can do that movies can’t. Or at least that they couldn’t do until very recently.”

Crave Online

“…it can be said with confidence that the three [Captain America] movies come together to create the greatest super hero trilogy of all time. The new movie is equally thrilling, fun, engaging, emotional, smart, and thought-provoking, and really everything you want from summer entertainment.”

CinemaBlend

“Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson can be relied upon for laugh-out-loud one-liners whenever he’s on screen, the Vision’s [Paul Bettany] stylish new wardrobe is comedy gold and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang is huge fun in a relatively brief appearance – utterly enamoured by Steve Rogers and overjoyed just to have been invited along.”

Games Radar

“’Civil War’ strikes that admirable balance: serious-minded action that never forgets to indulge in serious fun.”

The Wrap

“It’s crazily surreal, engaging and funny in the best Marvel tradition, building to a whiplash-twist reveal that sports with the ever-present idea of duplicity and betrayal within the Avengers’ ranks themselves.”

The Guardian

“…this is Marvel at their best: a pacey, intelligent super-sized blockbuster and a roaringly fun night out.”

Time Out London

“…’Civil War’ also introduces the latest big-screen version of Spider-Man in advance of his stand-alone reboot (due in 2017), and as perfectly depicted with youthful vigor by newcomer Tom Holland (‘The Impossible’), he virtually swings off with the whole movie.”

Access Hollywood

Ideals collide in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War,' in theaters May 6!

Ideals collide in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ in theaters May 6!

“The action is incredibly impressive, the cinematography is frenetic and visceral, and each of the heroes gets to shine in his or her own way—even the ones who aren’t in it that much. But the biggest achievement of directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is that they made sure that the story is contingent on characters almost exclusively.”

Nerdist

“…thanks to the extraordinary engineering work of screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, this film keeps moving, never losing its sense of purpose.”

GQ (UK)

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Artist Michael Walsh pays a visit to the synthetic Avenger with a guest shot on Vision!

Everyone knows that couple that doesn’t make any sense on paper, but happens to make it work in real life—at least for a while. Sometimes they have diametrically opposing political views or seem completely different or one’s a robot and one’s a mutant.

For many years in the Marvel Universe, Vision and Scarlet Witch excelled as a romantic pairing even given their surface-level differences. The two haven’t been together for a while, but writer Tom King and guest artist Michael Walsh plan to look back at the coupling in VISION #7.

As with many break-ups, this one got pretty complicated. They both continued to fight as Avengers even when they moved on to other partners. Wanda also went a little mad when she discovered that memories of their children had been erased from her mind leading into Avengers: Disassembled and House of M.

We spoke with Walsh about bringing classic Avengers characters to life again, portraying a human-robot romance, and changing up his style to fit the series.

Marvel.com: Did the tone and story of this script lead you to alter any elements of your style?

Michael Walsh: Yes, I usually make adjustments to my style to suit the tone of the script. With my most recent marvel work—X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER—I had adapted a more open, almost animated approach to the rendering. Focusing a lot on expressions as I hit the comedic beats and leaning on character work to tell the story. In VISION #7 I’ve adapted a line-oriented inking style supplemented with gray washes. I wanted to play with the dark mood of the issue as much as possible and not stray too far from what the amazing [regular VISION artists] Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire had done up to this point.

Marvel.com: This issue revolves around the long and complicated relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch. What challenges does drawing a love story between a human and a robot offer?

Michael Walsh: There is this weird juxtaposition of tender yet cold and withdrawn moments between the main characters. The challenge is to not play up one or the other too much and find the right balance. I wanted some scenes to feel really unsettling while others to be touching. It’s a very unique relationship and I wanted to show how these two characters changed each other through the course of their lives.

Marvel.com: How is it switching gears from doing the love scenes to dinner scenes to bigger Avengers-centric scenes as the story progresses?

Michael Walsh: It was really fun. I tried to play with the storytelling in the big Avengers action scenes to focus more on the intimate moments between Witch and Vision. [I] really push the action to the background and play with the idea that when you are having a real moment with a person you love the world could be ending behind you and it wouldn’t matter, it’s all just white noise. The love scenes were fun as I got to play with the awkwardness of not only falling for a co-worker but an artificial one.

Marvel.com: Were you already a fan of that Avengers era before coming into this script? Were some of the costumes more difficult to wrap your head around more than others?

Michael Walsh: Yeah! I love that era of Avengers; really wacky but some giant, brilliant ideas. I think the challenge was grounding some of the more outlandish classic costumes like Count Nefaria’s or that weird skull cap/helmet/goggles combo Wonder Man wore for a bit.

Marvel.com: I believe this your first time working with Tom King. What did you go in expecting from one of his scripts?

Michael Walsh: Tom is fantastic. He is one of the best writers working in comics today and has such a strong voice to his work. I had already been a fan of the series before working on it so I felt privileged to get a first look at the script and it did not disappoint. It’s invigorating when your jaw drops on the first read through; you just want to grab a pencil and start drawing.

To see the results of Tom King and Michael Walsh’s take on the classic Avengers romance, check out VISION #7 on May 11.

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Plus check out a new poster for 'Captain America: Civil War,' in theaters May 6!

Tensions mount to destructive levels in a new trailer for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”! Check out the trailer above and an all-new poster below. Buy tickets now to see “Captain America: Civil War” when it lands in theaters May 6!


When global governments demand that the Avengers be held accountable for collateral damage, heroes divide and friendships diminish! Captain America (Chris Evans) struggles with the taking orders while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) embraces accountability, resulting in a conflict amongst comrades. See what happens when these heroes collide in the trailer above!

Buy tickets now to see “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters May 6! Make sure to follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter and like “Captain America: Civil War” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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